Ever visited a farmhouse in Tuscany? In this post you can visit one of them:located on Pistoia’s hills it is a so called “didactic farm” as it opens its door to children & adults to show & teach how to make cow cheese, put the hand into the milk & press the fresh cream, see … More A true rural experience in a typical Tuscan farmhouse
Yes, did you know this? Not only superb wines , lovely landscapes , art & architecture but also a real sweet valley made of maitres chocolatiers! In Pistoia, Prato, Firenze and Pisa we can offer a huge choice of this delicious product: the best ingredients, the most original mix of dried fruits, spirits , wine … More Chocolate valley : in Tuscany we have this too!
How many delicious products we make in Pistoia? So many!!👏👏👏this is another kind, similar to Cialde from Montecatini with an anisette scent . It’s an old tale that a nun named Brigida created them by mistake while she was supposed to make host for the Church , from her they took their name. They are … More MadeinPistoia : brigidini ~ crunchy & thin as autumnal leaves🍂🍁🍂
Every period of the year has its own typical food products & this is another one of these : called Pane dei Santi because in the past it was produced at home of by bakers during the end of October , beginning of November ( at that time Halloween wasn’t yet arrived in Italy )to … More Pan coi Santi : All Saints sweet bread from Siena , ever tried?
This morning I smelt a great aroma while I was walking in the supermarket, I turned and what I saw? This big big mortadella !!! it was taller than me!! 😂😂😂 The Giant mortadella Veroni since 1925 in Correggio Emilia www.veroni.it more than 2000 kg 👏👏🔝🔝🔝 Couldn’t resit and buy a piece: eaten in 10 minutes with … More Foodlovers : ever tried a giant mortadella?if not ,you should !
Such a great sensational experience by Agriturismo Le Poggiola just few Km from Pistoia the feeling of freshness,the scent of sweet fruits,lots of memories about those who did this before us in the countryside since centuries….our origins come from the ground and this is our traditional way of making wine:our grangrandparents did this way and … More Harvest in Tuscany : stomping grapes with bare feet
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“A Settembre l’uva è matura e il fico pende” this is an old farmers’ saying = in Septmber grape is mature & fig hangs…this morning I had the proof this is trally true !in Pistoia’s countryside lots of sweet grape & figs ! My breakfast was made of this fantastic & organic fruits👏👏 Many hands … More Pistoia : it’s harvest time ( by hand ) in Tuscany!
What a special emotion for me watching at the same landscape chosen by Leonardo da Vinci to paint his masterpiece…and this villa is the Monnalisa birthplace too. Feeling as being part of the history , feeling proud – one time again – to be born in this wonderful region filled of beauties & goodies & … More Chianti : Vignamaggio , Monnalisa birthplace & “Much ado about nothing”
Santa Teresa di Gallura is located in the Northen side of Sardinia: some doors are brand new, some still very old & it’s nice to see how much has changed this town year after year. Close to an old house you can find a smart coloured renovated one & in the middle, always gorgeous flowers … More Sardinia : Santa Teresa’s colours fascinate me!
Just nature everywhere: sea, beach, rocks, sand,trees,flowers and stones…a deep blue sky , some good old friends and that’s it ! Simply everything you can ask to your vacations : a solitary beach with your family and best friends. Love this island for its wind, its scented trees, its original stones & rocks , its … More Sardegna : on a solitary beach …
What a wonderful location just close to my home in Sardinia : flowers, fabulous food & fresh air ! An excellent white wine a Vermentino from Gallura that is in the north of the island where I am . This wine is so sweet & delicate but strong at tge same time…I was drunk after … More Sardegna : a typical dinner with seafood
To celebrate my birthday what a better place than being my birthtown with a green , fresh carpet of grass in the city’s heart? For just one day ,until midnight , as in Cindarella’s tale Pistoia was a green island in the so called ‘Sala’ district where is the city’s movida every week end. This … More Made in Pistoia : “the green & the city ” yes , we can ! just 4 one day in Pistoia
Such a nice village with great view over the river & with very fresh air : in summer time is full of tourists & locals from Lucca or from the seaside , Viareggio or Forte dei Marmi. Loved the old doors & the Carrara marble fountain at the hamlet village . Many Italo – American … More Tuscany : Castenuovo Garfagnana a small hamlet on Lucca’s mountain
The word “norcino” comes from a small town , Norcia , in Umbria region in central /south Italy & means coming from Norcia. Starting from the Middle Age in this area of Italy there were many norcini (a sort of butchers specialized in pork meat only : experts of making sausages ,ham,salami & everything coming … More Pistoia’s flavours :do you know what is a “norcino” shop ?🐷🐽🐖🐷🐽
Wonderful view eyes open over this landscape A perfect silence around us no cars no people just birds the green of the vineyards the olive trees orange old stones for a typical farmhouse hills made of clay… called ‘balze’ Badia San Giusto overlooking the valley an unreal atmosphere but it’s here it’s Tuscany in … More A Tuscan wine tasting in a farmhouse with a view on the ‘balze’ – Volterra
http://www.caffenewyork.it If you are a coffee lover or simply a coffee addicted you can’t miss this roastery’s experience. Open & run by the same family since 1930 in Montecatini Terme ( 15 km from Pistoia ) & now settled in Pistoia , opened its doors to me & my clients to show us how to … More MadeinPistoia: ever sipped a real Italian espresso in a coffee roastery?in my tour yes, you can 😉☕️👍 Pistoia, a hidden gem in Tuscany
Just close the beach a huge display of clothes & home decors items & …bees. & organc honey from the local mountains , Carrara marble comes from here , & lots of sun ☀️☀️ On Monday morning , every week of the year , enjoy!
Another reason to visit my beloved Pistoia : many doors have these interesting & different knockers that I love! Can’t wait to share them with you😉😍 have you got the same in your town? do you like them? I think they are so nice & each one tells me a different story about the palace/house … More Made in Pistoia : original old door knockers
http://www.rosebarni.it A name , ROSE BARNI ,an historical surname for roses ,it means an historical name for roses in Pistoia since ever! When you can say to your friends , visiting your garden or simply sipping a cup of coffee sitting in your patio full of scented roses : look , this is a RoseBarni … More Made in Pistoia : Rose Barni – growers (with passion ) – of the best roses ,since 1882
Can you believe? not in Florence or Siena ir Pisa but …..in my small town , Pistoia!!! http://www.sangiorgio.comune.pistoia.it Open in 2007 at the presence of the Nobel ‘s award winner Dario Fo , takes place on the first location where , in 1906, was opened the SANGIORGIO train factory , still in use in another … More Made in Pistoia: the biggest library of Tuscany is here , Biblioteca SanGiorgio
Not just wine, not just food , not just Tuscany : here we are in an exclusive location, with a noble lady , by her family estate with a magnificent Italian garden…simply a dream 😍😍 with something more ….excellent wines , extra virgin oil & a special dessert wine : vin santo! Ginevra is the … More My exclusive Tuscany : lunch & wine tasting with a real Italian Countess
Did you know Stefanie Meyer wrote her bestseller imaging Volterra before visiting it ? It was in her mind , in her immagination whike she was writing , then she saw a picture of Priori’s square & recognized it as the perfect real setting for her story So probably the beauty of this place was … More Volterra : do you remember Twilight New Moon ?here it is ,Volturi ‘s sewer cover!
The English writer , John Ruskin ( art critic ,poet ,peinter ) , born in my beloved London in 1918, visited Pistoia in 1845 . He was really impressed by the Church of San Giovanni fuorcivitas ( this Latin word means outside of the city but at the present it is considered THE city heart … More Pistoia ,a hidden gem in Tuscany: John Ruskin loved (& wrote )about this Church
Not only Chianti area , not only a red red wine but also a rosè one…not only Chianti in Tuscany exists! let’s have a look at this enchanting location the Pisa area..& yes, Pisa is not only the leaning tower🍷🍷🍷🍸🍸🍸😂😂😂 This a big estate where you can taste many different kind of wines : … More My Tuscany’s tale : wine tasting ,not only Chianti region exists
In a romantic setting as San Giovanni Baptistry I found out this stunning exibition with a fab light ! it’s like to be in another world : no sounds just this mix of colours & shadows ….an enchanting setting for a stop from my walking tour abd on the ceiling a film was playing…. … More My Volterra :Rosso Fiorentino art exibition
I am going to tell you the story of ….. ….once upon a time there was a Tuscan girl who dreamt about living abroad & leave her small town for a big metropolis , as London, forgetting about her past & starting a new life far away from her birthplace… 30 years later this girl … More My Tuscany’s Tale: Volterra & 50 shades of green
Pistoia city hall , Comunale palace ,An extraordinary open by FAI www.fondoambiente.it a sort of an Italian Heritage Trust that dedicates a springvweek end For special openings & guided Tours Of hidden places usually closed to public. Led by volounteers of Art students from Pistoia’s high School & from The Architecture University of Florence , dressed with … More Pistoia : hidden gem’s treasure in Tuscany
Not only ️great tasty food but also a stunning view over Moneglia’s bay…and a real EXPERIENCE of good Italian food! Not Just a huge choice of wines from all over Italy but also a friendly staff with Edoardo in The kitchen & Letizia , his wife, following ️our dinner step by step … La … More An authentic food experience in an Italian Restaurant with a view
Florence at night is shining as a real gem This is Spini – Feroni ‘s palace in its magnificence🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 in Santa Trinita Square. Il Borro tuscan Bistro is on The Arno riverside , same building of Ferragamo’s headquarter ( Old Beautiful historical palace Spini -Feroni ) an elegant & typical Tuscan bistrot can offer you … More The fab 4 F : #Florence – #Ferragamo – #Food – #Fashion !
Here I am again : Celebrating 10th anniversary of Taste ,in Florence , Tuscany ! A three day food & drink fair hosted in The ex historical train station called Leopolda (in Honour of his founder grand duke Leopoldo II of Tuscany opened in 1848 ) and now in use Just for exibitions. ️Many exibitors … More #taste 2015 : Top Quality food producers in Florence
Twice a week , on Wed & Sat ️morning , in the Duomo square of Pistoia – since The Middle Age ! – the market takes place : same location ,different kind Of goods . In The past centuries Just food stalls & animals nowadays clothes , shoes, flowers , plants & household goods. … More Made in Pistoia : Saturday shopping at the market
Pistoia is located in a stateglical place : about 50 km. From The coast on The beach & about 70 from The mountains Where We can sky. I ️️was at this market last Wednsday to Have a ️Look to The market located in The biggest square of The small village on The Tuscan cost. In … More Forte dei Marmi ~ Tuscany~ fab & glam Shopping at The market
So glad to share this with you ! Have a ️Look to some picts about this guidebook about Interesting tips on ️how is simple to rent a farmhouse or a villa in Tuscany, ️️how to avoid common mistakes, how to Travel in Italy & which are The treasures of this area and one of these … More Ciao sweetie! I was featured in a guidebook
Have you ever seen Such a colour for an EVO ? Extra virgin oil is part of ️our tradition : taking part to The Harvest , watching at The pressing in a mill & finally tasting a fresh green oil on a warm Tuscan bread slice roasted on The fire is The top! This is … More Extra Virgin Oil : Golden green from Tuscany
Pisa & its Symbol : The tower ! Pisa & its tourists ,Pisa & The souvenirs’ stalls Lucca smaller & closed sound its old walls , Lucca with a Roman Anphiteater & its small shops … Enjoy !br />
Interesting Typical Italian experience trying to learn ️how to cook Italian way & then eat it👍👍😉😉 Hands at work together with eyes & nose to smell every scent & catching each secret … For Italians eating is an important thing a Special moment We love to share with others ….not Just ONLY food but meeting … More Cooking class in Italy with me
️Many clients asked me about 5 Terre : Ligurian costal small villages overlooking The clean sea . Here are ️some picts I took during ️my tours , ️Hope you like them !
Monica Bonechi’s solo exibition by http://www.sanroccoagriturismo.it in Pistoia makes paintings with embrodery & Special stitching ispired by music notes …a fantastic world made with coloured Damask designer coming out from The canvas as a scarf , cool!! Beautiful Tuscan Landscape with warm shades & sinuos cypresses . An Interesting exibition in a Lovely setting : … More MadeinPistoia : ever seen a painting with a scarf?
Last Thursday I ️was by Palazzo Borghese in Florence to celebrate ImmagineItalia & Co. http://www.immagineitalia.org 8th